Explore our beautiful corner of Austria and discover gorges, waterfalls, castles, lakes and beautiful towns and cities, an abundance of attractions and places to see for a memorable holiday. There is so much to see and do in the region that you will not have the time to fit it all in. Below are just a few of our suggestions.
Eisriesenwelt, located in the nearby town of Werfen, houses the largest ice cave in the world. The caverns total 42 km in length, with the first kilometre covered in ice. There are guided group tours in this initial part of the cavern network. The cave is accessed from Werfen via a steep paved road, followed by a few hundred meter climb in a gondola, and finished off with an approximately 20 min hike.
Hohenwerfen Fortres offers magnificent views over the surrounding mountains and fascinating insights into medieval life. All year round, the 900 year old fortress stages a wide range of events and falconry demonstrations, and at Christmas the Advent market. The fortress is more widely known from the war time classic film “Where eagles dare”.
“The Sound of Music” picnic scene was filmed on the hill in nearby Werfen. The location is easily accessible by foot.
Liechteinsteinklamm (Liechtenstein Gorge), in nearby St Johann im Pongau, is one of the longest and deepest water-carved ravines in the Alps. A spectacular hiking path over bridges, stairs and through tunnels winds through this gorge. The new highlight for 2020 is The Helix, a spiral staircase that descends 30 meters to the lower level.
Geisterberg Adventure Park, a favourite with the young ones, is nearby in St. Johann Alpendorf.
Golling Waterfall, situated only 3 km from Golling, the 75 m high waterfall is a spectacular nature show with a hiking trail to lookout points above and below the waterfall.
Salzburg city is located only 40 minutes away by car. The Unesco World Heritage Site impresses visitors with its medieval and baroque buildings an art and culture. Explore the quaint streets in the Altstadt, visit Mozart’s birthplace and residence, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Palace and Gardens or just enjoy the coffeehouse culture with a coffee and apple strudel or Sacher Torte. Not far from the centre is the Hellbrunn Palace with Wasserspiele and the neighbouring Zoo.
Fans of aviation and racing cars will enjoy Hangar 7, the Red Bull cars and aircraft museum situated next to the airport.
The Eagle’s Nest (Das Kehlsteinhaus), the historical view point in neighbouring Berchtesgaden (Bavaria, Germany) offers panoramic views into Austria and Germany up to 200km away.
Königssee, the fjiord-like lake in the heart of Berchtesgaden National Park at the foot of Mount Watzmann. Enjoy a cruise on the magical and romantic emerald green lake and a stop on Hirschau peninsula to see St. Bartholomew pilgrimage church.
Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is so incredibly beautiful that the Chinese have even created a replica of the city. Explore the small town with wooden houses and small streets with boutiques and wonderful restaurants. Then go to the Catholic Church and visit the St. Michael Chapel, “The Ossuary”, a 12th century chapel with over 600 painted skulls. Take the funicular or hike to the salt mine for breathtaking views of the city and lake from the Skywalk platform.
5 Fingers is also known as the World Heritage View Point. The viewing platform in Dachstein on Mount Krippenstein is only 6.8km away from Hallstatt and offers stunning views over Lake Hallstatt.
The Salt Mine Adventure – an all year round experience for all the family in any weather:
- Salzwelten Salzburg (in Bad Dürnberg/Hallein) is the oldest publicly accessible salt mine in the world (closed until April 2021 due to remodelling phase )
- Salzwelten Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut is the oldest salt mine in the world.
- Salzwelten Altaussee in Ausseerland, Austria’s largest salt mine, which is still active today.
Lammerklamm in Scheffau. The narrow path along the rocky walls of the Lammerklamm gorge above the raging water leads to beautiful viewpoints: the Dark Gorge and the High Bridge.
Großglockner Hochalpenstraße is one of the most scenic alpine roads in Europe. Take in the breathtaking views of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner, in the Hohen Tauern range, and the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps, the Pasterze.
Schafbergspitze (1783m) is reachable from St Wolfgang in only 35 min, with the steepest steam-powered cogwheel railway in Austria. Enjoy the most beautiful panoramic view of the mountains in the Salzkammergut.
Kaprun Dam. The impressive power of water and electricity generation at an altitude of 2040m in the mountains above Kaprun.
Zell am See. Stroll through the beautiful town, swim in the emerald green lake or enjoy a relaxing boat trip.
Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Ski on the glacier at 3000m (open until July!) or just admire the incredible views.
Krimml Watterfall. With a water fall height of 380 m, Krimmler is the highest waterfall in Austria and the largest in Europe.
Dachstein Glacier World Take the panoramic glacier gondola to the highest peak in Styria. Experience a breathtaking view of the Dachstein Glacier from Austria’s highest suspension bridge and the Stairway to Nothingness.